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Identifier: autobiographical02scot
Title: Autobiographical notes of the life of William Bell Scott : and notices of his artistic and poetic circle of friends, 1830 to 1882
Year: 1892 (1890s)
Authors: Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890 Minto, William, 1845-1893
Subjects: Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890 Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882 Poets, English — 19th century Painters — Great Britain
Publisher: London : Osgood, McIlvaine
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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ory of our earlyarchitecture, thought couldnot be later than 1450;but in outlying places I seereason to think an ornament was retained later thanit continued to be produced in more central places.Whatever date might be assigned to the first building,it was simply a square tower, a peel as it has beenelsewhere called, consisting of four stories, the upper-most having two corner turrets, pierced with loop-holes for defence. The lowest of these apartments,that level with the ground, was the stable, vaulted bymeans of thin stones embedded edgewise. Abovethis vault was the living-room, not large enough tobe called a hall, paved with very thick red andyellow tiles. This room had probably been access-ible only by a wooden stair outside, an arch in therubble wall indicating where the door had been.Above this was the apartment called in ballads the Ladies Bower, divided no doubt by partitions, ashere was a gardcrobe in the solid of the wall. Anarrow stair in the end wall also reached this room

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VI PEN KILL CASTLE 75 from the one below, and another similar ascended toan upper apartment, which may have had an outletto a narrow promenade surrounding the roof. In1628, on the marriage of the then laird, the narrowaccommodation of this defensible house, typical ofthe later middle ages, was found insufficient, anoutside stone staircase being built, and three largerooms added, still, however, with thick walls andsmall windows. Over the entrance to this narrownewel staircase was inserted a tablet bearinsf theheraldry of the two families, with their initials andthe date 1628. Two rudely-carved oak chairs, withexactly the same heraldry, date, and initials, are stillamong the furnishings of the house, a large one witharms for the laird, and a little low one, a nursing-chair, for the ladv. From the old times a hiQ;h stonewall had enclosed the house, with a dove-cote at onecorner and a gate defended by a movable grill orportcullis, which had latterly lain at the neighbour-ing smithy for a

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Tagged: , bookid:autobiographical02scot , bookyear:1892 , bookdecade:1890 , bookcentury:1800 , bookauthor:Scott__William_Bell__1811_1890 , bookauthor:Minto__William__1845_1893 , booksubject:Scott__William_Bell__1811_1890 , booksubject:Rossetti__Dante_Gabriel__1828_1882 , booksubject:Poets__English____19th_century , booksubject:Painters____Great_Britain , bookpublisher:London___Osgood__McIlvaine , bookcontributor:University_of_California_Libraries , booksponsor:MSN , bookleafnumber:96 , bookcollection:cdl , bookcollection:americana

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